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TEST #2 Comment Period Closes For Virginia’s Groundbreaking Carbon Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ann Regn
April 10, 2018
(804)698-4442
Email: ghg@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. - DEQ's comment period on a groundbreaking proposed regulation to cut carbon dioxide from electric power facilities closed on April 9, 2018. This is the first time Virginia has worked on a carbon cutting regulation of this kind, and DEQ received extensive public feedback from interested parties during its comment period.

The proposed regulation stems from Governor Terry McAuliffe's 2017 Executive Order 11, which directed the DEQ to promulgate this regulation to reduce carbon emissions pursuant to the state's authority. This regulatory initiative is continuing under Governor Northam's administration.

"We are heartened by the strong public interest in our proposal," said Mike Dowd, Air Division Director at DEQ. "Now the agency will consider all of the views and suggestions expressed in the comments and develop a final carbon rule to present to the Air Board," continued Dowd. The regulation, once finalized, will allow Virginia to link with a multi-state carbon trading program to trade carbon dioxide allowances, and ratchet emissions down by 3% each year.

DEQ hosted 6 public hearings throughout the Commonwealth and had over 340 attendees, with 160 people testifying on the regulation. DEQ also received hundreds of written comments, showing widespread pubic engagement.

DEQ will now review comments and analyze if any changes are necessary to the draft regulation. A final rule will be presented to the Air Pollution Control Board for approval in the coming months. Visit www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx.
Reducing carbon pollution has many environmental and public health benefits, and helps mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Virginia.
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From: Ann Regn

Sent: April 10, 2018 at 9:41 am

Comment Period Closes For Virginia’s Groundbreaking Carbon Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ann Regn
April 10, 2018
804) 698-4442
Email: ghg@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. – DEQ's comment period on a groundbreaking proposed regulation to cut carbon dioxide from electric power facilities closed on April 9, 2018. This is the first time Virginia has worked on a carbon cutting regulation of this kind, and DEQ received extensive public feedback from interested parties during its comment period.

The proposed regulation stems from Governor Terry McAuliffe's 2017 Executive Order 11, which directed the DEQ to promulgate this regulation to reduce carbon emissions pursuant to the state's authority. This regulatory initiative is continuing under Governor Northam's administration.

"We are heartened by the strong public interest in our proposal," said Mike Dowd, Air Division Director at DEQ. "Now the agency will consider all of the views and suggestions expressed in the comments and develop a final carbon rule to present to the Air Board," continued Dowd. The regulation, once finalized, will allow Virginia to link with a multi-state carbon trading program to trade carbon dioxide allowances, and ratchet emissions down by 3% each year.

DEQ hosted 6 public hearings throughout the Commonwealth and had over 340 attendees, with 160 people testifying on the regulation. DEQ also received hundreds of written comments, showing widespread pubic engagement.

DEQ will now review comments and analyze if any changes are necessary to the draft regulation. A final rule will be presented to the Air Pollution Control Board for approval in the coming months. Visit www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx.
Reducing carbon pollution has many environmental and public health benefits, and helps mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Virginia.
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From: Ann Regn

Sent: April 10, 2018 at 8:47 am

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Celebrates 25 Years of Progress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ann Regn
April 2, 2018
(804) 698-4442
ann.regn@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. - April 1, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Since that time, Virginians have seen dramatic improvements in our environment. Air, water and waste pollution is down. The number of restored lands is up. These improvements are due to several factors made possible by the formation of DEQ and its approach to environmental management. In 1993, four state agencies merged under one umbrella agency. Previously independent as the Department of Air Pollution Control, the State Water Control Board, the Department of Waste Management and the Council on the Environment, the newly formed department began to tackle environmental programs together. Equipped with a vision for a cleaner environment and a strategic plan with values and numeric objectives, the agency's core functions like permitting, monitoring, inspections and enforcement became more efficient, consistent and transparent. The agency also adopted holistic and integrated approaches to complex ecosystem management and watershed restoration. Projects reached across all areas in Virginia from the Chesapeake Bay and coastal areas to southern rivers, wetlands, mountain streams, airsheds, and underground aquifers.

When asked what the agency's accomplishments have been, one staffer simply said, "We have made a visible difference."

To learn more about DEQ and its accomplishments visit www.deq.virginia.gov or www.deq.virginia.gov/AboutUs.aspx to see:
- DEQ Dashboard, a short summary with graphs and data outlining the progress in each area;
- Agency timeline, a poster documenting major milestones since 1993;
- DEQ Story Map, 25 Years of Progress: A graphic collage of photos, video clips, maps and staff quotes journaling some successes along the way.
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From: Jennifer Underwood

Sent: April 02, 2018 at 10:01 am

4th TEST

3rd TEST 25th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ann Regn
April 2, 2018
(804)698-4442
ann.regn@deq.virginia.gov

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Celebrates 25 Years of Progress

RICHMOND, VA. – April 1, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Since that time, Virginians have seen dramatic improvements in our environment. Air, water and waste pollution is down. The number of restored lands is up. These improvements are due to several factors made possible by the formation of DEQ and its approach to environmental management.
In 1993, four state agencies merged under one umbrella agency. Previously independent as the Department of Air Pollution Control, the State Water Control Board, the Department of Waste Management and the Council on the Environment, the newly formed department began to tackle environmental programs together. Equipped with a vision for a cleaner environment and a strategic plan with values and numeric objectives, the agency's core functions like
permitting, monitoring, inspections and enforcement became more efficient, consistent and transparent. The agency also adopted holistic and integrated approaches to complex ecosystem management and watershed restoration. Projects reached across all areas of Virginia from the Chesapeake Bay and coastal areas to southern rivers, wetlands, mountain streams, airsheds, and underground aquifers.

When asked what the agency's accomplishments have been, one staffer simply said, "We have made a visible difference."

To learn more about DEQ and its accomplishments visit www.deq.virginia.gov or http://www.deq.virginia.gov/AboutUs.aspx to see:
• DEQ Dashboard, a short summary with graphs and data outlining the progress in each area;
• Agency timeline, a poster documenting major milestones since 1993;
• DEQ Story Map, 25 Years of Progress: A graphic collage of photos, video clips, maps and staff quotes journaling some successes along the way.
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From: Ann Regn

Sent: April 02, 2018 at 9:38 am

3rd TEST 25th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ann Regn
April 2, 2018
(804)698-4442
ann.regn@deq.virginia.gov

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Celebrates 25 Years of Progress

RICHMOND, VA. – April 1, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Since that time, Virginians have seen dramatic improvements in our environment. Air, water and waste pollution is down. The number of restored lands is up. These improvements are due to several factors made possible by the formation of DEQ and its approach to environmental management.
In 1993, four state agencies merged under one umbrella agency. Previously independent as the Department of Air Pollution Control, the State Water Control Board, the Department of Waste Management and the Council on the Environment, the newly formed department began to tackle environmental programs together. Equipped with a vision for a cleaner environment and a strategic plan with values and numeric objectives, the agency's core functions like
permitting, monitoring, inspections and enforcement became more efficient, consistent and transparent. The agency also adopted holistic and integrated approaches to complex ecosystem management and watershed restoration. Projects reached across all areas of Virginia from the Chesapeake Bay and coastal areas to southern rivers, wetlands, mountain streams, airsheds, and underground aquifers.

When asked what the agency's accomplishments have been, one staffer simply said, "We have made a visible difference."

To learn more about DEQ and its accomplishments visit www.deq.virginia.gov or http://www.deq.virginia.gov/AboutUs.aspx to see:
• DEQ Dashboard, a short summary with graphs and data outlining the progress in each area;
• Agency timeline, a poster documenting major milestones since 1993;
• DEQ Story Map, 25 Years of Progress: A graphic collage of photos, video clips, maps and staff quotes journaling some successes along the way.
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From: Ann Regn

Sent: April 02, 2018 at 9:37 am